Senegal stave off late Poland fight back

21 June, 2018, 08:25 | Author: Suzanne Horton
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2-0 Game over! M'Baye Niang with an easy tap in!

Senegal became the first and only African team so far in this year's World Cup to win a match with the controversial victory in Moscow yesterday.

Poland were without key defender Kamil Glik, who failed to recover from a shoulder injury in time, and Nawalka was not sure if the Monaco man would be fit for the clash with Colombia on Sunday.

'We have got a game in five days and we have to get something out of it.

Poland fans in red and white were about three-quarters of the crowd, and they chanted and clapped throughout. Though Poland had more possession, they were restricted to passing the ball backwards and sideways.

Poland enters the World Cup having blasted Lithuania 4-0 and playing to a 2-2 draw with Chile in their most recent friendly matches.

"You saw a very solid, very compact Senegal team".

In the first half, the left flank was lit up by the imploding runs of Sabali.


Midway through the first half of Poland and Senegal's meeting, McCoist produced one of his driest lines yet after noting Poland's Jakub Blaszczykowski has the longest name in the tournament. In the second half, Ismaila also had his turn as he improved upon his first-half performance. As the game warmed up after the half-hour mark, perhaps after Aliou Cisse's insistence whose experienced eye read the intrinsic limitations of the Poles, Sarr started making those sub-10 dashes down the right.

Robert Lewandowski goes close with a freekick!

Kalidou Koulibaly during the game.

It came from Senegal but was poor, as Salif Sane lifted long-range free-kick over the wall and well wide of the left post. This, obviously, was Senegal's first shot on target.

One would have to stop short of calling this an upset because Senegal, arguably, are the best Africa have to offer (especially with the circus surrounding Mohammad Salah and his fitness). The inclusion of all four attackers was perhaps recognition of the fact Senegal often struggle for midfield creativity, and it paid off with a huge opening-game victory.

"He is a unique player and he can not be compared to any other Senegal player, even the major ones we've had in the past", said Cisse.

Despite scoring 2 goals, Senegal barely created goal scoring opportunities and will definitely have to work on multiple attacking combinations.

"We are not too euphoric because we do know there is going to be a hard match against Japan", Senegal coach Aliou Cisse said.

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